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Investing in Women and Girls

by Ruth-Anne Renaud

According the to the UN, women undertake 66% of the world’s work. They produce 50% of the worlds food. In spite of this, they earn only 10% of the world’s income. And they own only 1% of the world’s property. With statistics like these, it is no wonder that the Clinton Global Initiative emphasizes the importance of investing in women and girls. As I watched the Wednesday morning plenary panel address this issue, the consensus and conviction among panel members was crystal clear that empowering…

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Insight Trip: Tanzania/Rwanda Day 3 – Suzie Hofert

by Sonja Egeland Kelly

Ambitions soar, hope floats, and change hangs in the air each year at the Clinton Global Initiative. This year is no exception. Today (Wednesday), at 2:45 p.m. EST, Madeline Albright will spotlight Opportunity International as a key player in the advancement of opportunities for children in the developing world. By introducing tuition savings accounts, school fee loans and school financing, Opportunity is investing in education for children living in poverty. Opportunity International CEO Kadita…

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Initiating Change in Education: Opportunity’s CGI Commitment at 2:45 p.m. EST #cgi09

by Sonja Egeland Kelly

Ambitions soar, hope floats, and change hangs in the air each year at the Clinton Global Initiative. This year is no exception. Today (Wednesday), at 2:45 p.m. EST, Madeline Albright will spotlight Opportunity International as a key player in the advancement of opportunities for children in the developing world. By introducing tuition savings accounts, school fee loans and school financing, Opportunity is investing in education for children living in poverty. Opportunity International CEO Kadita…

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What We’re Reading: “Investing in Women & Girls” (MediaPlanet supplement, USA Today)

by Opportunity International

 Every Wednesday on our blog, we highlight an article, book or a blog in our “What We’re Reading” series. We’ll feature pieces or works that are noteworthy, inspiring, educational or relevant to the work we do at Opportunity. We welcome your comments in the comment field below–tell us what you’re reading, or respond to the piece that we’ve highlighted.  This week we’re reading the September 2010 report fromMediaPlanet in USA Today entitled “Investing in Women & Girls: Dedicating…

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The Most Famous Person You’ve Never Heard of

by Rob Moll

Not many Nobel Peace Prize winners remain unknown in their home country. What is more surprising is that an estimated one-sixth of the world’s population is alive because of a man virtually invisible in the U.S. “Though barely known in the country of his birth,” wrote Gregg Easterbrook in his Atlantic profile from a decade ago, “elsewhere in the world Norman Borlaug is widely considered to be among the leading Americans of our age.” Mr. Borlaug died last week at the age of 95. Borlaug…

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UN Gathers This Week to Eradicate Poverty Through the MDGs

by Sonya Perez-Lauterbach

The UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is taking place this week at the UN Headquarters in New York City. A gathering of 140 world leaders are strategizing and discussing how to achieve the eight goals in order to eradicate extreme poverty and its root causes by 2015. I was deeply inspired by their work and their words. Here are my reflections… “We must not fail the billions who look to the international community to fulfil the promise of the Millennium Declaration for…

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3 Breakout Sessions Not to Miss at Fall Microfinance Conference

by Emily Riemer

At Opportunity’s Fall Microfinance Conference, Oct. 8-9, in Washington, D.C., the days will be packed with breakout sessions and presentations from microfinance experts, international visitors and globally-minded individuals passionate about eradicating poverty. For me, this will be my first http://www.opportunity.org/opportunity-international-conference/Opportunity microfinance conference[/intlink], and I’m really looking forward to hearing from guest http://www.opportunity.org/opportunity-international-conference/speakers/speakers[/intlink]…

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Women Advancing Microfinance in Chicago

by Our Mission and Vision

At Opportunity International’s US office, we draw our motivation and sense of purpose from the stories of our clients and their families as they build a bridge out of poverty. This week, I am further inspired by a different group of people – the members of Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM) Chicago. On September 17th this group of women microfinance professionals met together for the first time. Even in its infancy, WAM Chicago is the fastest growing chapter of WAM International. At the inaugural…

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YAO Runs to Eradicate Poverty in the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K

by Opportunity International

Last Sunday, YAO members arrived in Jackson Park in Chicago to take on a formidable challenge: run the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K to raise awareness and support for Opportunity’s poverty-eradicating initiatives in the developing world. Seventeen registered runners and a number of volunteers dedicated time and support to this effort. Runners and volunteers alike arrived bright and early on Sunday morning dressed in their red, black and white “I Heart Microfinance” t-shirts. The volunteers…

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Irene Pritzker, IDP Foundation, Honored with Global Philanthropy Award

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International congratulates Irene Pritzker, co-founder and president of the IDP Foundation, Inc., who will be honored with the Foreign Policy Association’s Global Philanthropy Award at the World Leadership Forum Dinner on Sept. 22, 2010. The IDP Foundation is ahttp://www.opportunity.org/about/strategic-partners/strategic partner[/intlink] to Opportunity International, working with us on campaigns to promote education and educational finance for entrepreneurs who receive http://www.opportunity.org/our-work/loans/loans[/intlink]…

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